Have you ever wished you could spend an hour with the president discussing an issue that was important to you? This is something many of us have probably wished for at some point, whatever our political views and whatever party controls the White House.
Writing for The Gospel Coalition, Erik Raymond discusses this desire that many of us have likely had. In his article, Raymond notes the recent arrest of a man who jumped the fence at the White House in an attempt to see the president (who was apparently sleeping at the time). These kinds of attempts to get into the White House unauthorized have been increasing over recent years. In fact, there have been over 75 of these attempts since 1991.
Although this may seem like simply an interesting bit of news, Raymond notes that it gets at a deeper issue and desire.
“How many of us haven’t desired to sit down with the President and attempt to persuade them of something important to us?” writes Raymond.
The encouraging news, however, is that, while we may not have the ear of the president or other leaders, we do have the ear of God, and God has the power to speak to any and all leaders.
Raymond gives biblical examples of this, including the example of King Abimelech whom God spoke to when Abimelech took Sarah, Abraham’s wife, intending to make her his own wife.
“But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, ‘Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife’” (Genesis 20:3).
Bringing this point home, in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul encourages Christians to pray for all leaders, knowing that God can change them:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1–4).
“[O]ur prayers have a hearing before the King of kings,” concludes Raymond.
How can you pray to the King of kings for our leaders today?
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Publication date: March 13, 2017